Feminine hands were waving around a small crystal ball, manipulating and warping the energy inside of the object.
The owner of those hands, a woman with white hair, yet looking no older than twenty, was concentrating on her task.
Her hands stopped moving and her concentration broke away from the crystal ball, her gaze still on the object but looking absent now, as if deep in thought.
Putting a hand under her chin, the woman was thinking about what to do next to prepare her plan perfectly. She wasn't about to mess up something as perfect as her reunion with her beloved and she had to make sure that everything would work correctly.
Right now, things weren't looking particularly good for her. She had been searching for allies to help her in her quest. The little voice in her head, mostly affected by darkness, had given her quite a large number of names of villains that had appeared to confront the Hero through different ages, yet out of all of them, only two to three were worth keeping.
A demonic sword that was looking to revive his master, a battle addicted dragon knight, a powerful wizard monster, and finally the demon king himself.
Even then, she couldn't quite fully trust them as they all had joined her with their own desires and motives. Who knew if they wouldn't try to double cross her, though she could easily dispose of them thanks to her enormous power, she would prefer to not even have to bother with that possibility.
"Ghirahim, Volga, Wizzro, Ganondorf… That's four." Cia muttered. "This twili named Zant could also be useful…" The woman pondered over this option, this particular man looked slightly more… unstable than the other four she had mentioned.
The sorceress' hands slowly moved again around the glass globe with no particular path in mind, Cia still deep in thought.
What she needed was somebody she knew she would be able to put her complete trust in, just like how the Hero trusts the holder of the triforce of wisdom with his life.
Cia's whole body abruptly stopped moving, examining the thought she just had. "Somebody just like the holder of the triforce of Courage?..."
Her hands shifted position, the movements much faster than before as an insane idea came to life inside of the witch's brain.
Perhaps it would be possible to have one of the Hero's reincarnation on her side. But would they truly accept to aid her in her dark quest?
Images of various versions of a man clothed in green spread on the crystal ball, Cia's analytic eyes staring straight into each of their soul.
"That won't do, they're all too pure and righteous…" A hint of disappointment appeared in her voice but just as she was about to give up, she noticed one particular soul that was completely different from the others.
Each reincarnation of the Hero felt fulfilled or content once they got rid of the bearer of Power and even though some might not be as happy as the people they saved, they still had no regrets whatsoever.
But this soul right here had regrets. This soul had fulfilled its purpose of beating the Demon King and yet couldn't even be happy about saving his world.
There was also something else about him, Cia approached her face slightly closer to the glass ball, trying to make out what was inside of the hero. Something ferocious, almost like…
The sorceress' hands stopped moving, the revelation shocking her more than she thought.
This individual was unique and so different from the other reincarnations.
A mad grin spread across Cia's lips. This was her chance to get a strong, trustworthy ally and she would make sure to study him well before she went to meet him.
With a snap of her fingers, the magic ball glowed, showing the boy's past. Cia crossed her arms as Link's entire adventure defiled before her eyes.
Arbiter's Grounds, the place where everything had ended. The place where he saw the most beautiful woman shed a tear for him.
The place where he had lost her, his best friend and the one he had shared his pain and joy with during his adventure.
A lone young man wearing a green tunic was standing alone in the Mirror Chamber, where a special portal that connected the world of light and the world of twilight had resided three months ago.
Three months ago, that mirror had been completely shattered, breaking the Hero's heart at the same moment as his best friend vanished from existence along it.
Even after all that time, Link's heart was still in pain. Why had she broken that mirror? She didn't have to, they had beaten both Zant and Ganondorf, so why would Midna cut all ties between her and this world, between her and Link? Yes, maybe having both realm interact between each other normally would've been a bit difficult but if they worked hard, him and the other two princesses would have found something to make everything work out just like they always had.
Why would she leave me?
This question had haunted Link ever since that incident, his mind unable to comprehend the logic behind Midna's actions.
Why didn't I stop her?
He was feeling empty and angry. Angry after himself for not reacting fast enough to stop her nonsense.
She said see you later, but Link knew that there wouldn't be a later. They would never ever be able to meet each other again.
The pain in the boy's heart intensified and the beast inside of it cried out in rage.
This was not fair. He and the little imp had saved both realms from tyrants and destruction and this was how it was going to end?
The man knew that it wasn't right of him to be selfish, but the beast inside of him angrily protested.
Oh yes, heroes needed to be selfless, but he had been selfless enough, he had risked his life and his friend's life enough for the sake of the world. Of both worlds.
This was not fair at all.
The sound of shoes hitting the stones behind him suddenly appeared and Link immediately turned around, unsheathing his sword and shield just like he had been used to during his adventure, his body tensing up. What he found in front of him was a strangely clothed woman with an even stranger mask.
"Bearer of the triforce of Courage, do not be afraid, I am no enemy." Cia started, staring at the man's ferocious blue eyes. "I know what you have been through."
Link wasn't sure of how to react to that woman. What was she talking about? Never had he seen somebody like that before…
"I know of your adventure and of the twilight realm. I know about your… bond with that twili as well."
"…How?" Link replied, something he very rarely did, usually when he was very surprised and that was the case right now. Aside from Zelda, nobody should know about Midna.
"I am Cia, the observer of time. I can help you see the Twilight Princess again."
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"I can help you see the Twilight Princess again."
A million of questions were racing through Link's mind. The woman's knowledge on him and Midna alarmed him.
Who was this woman and how did she know so much? What in the world was an observer of time? How did she get there without him noticing? Of course, the most important question was…
Could he really see Midna again?
Link's glare did not leave the sorceress, watching for any suspicious movements and demanding answers.
"You were more talkative and less menacing when you were with that imp… You bearers of Courage all have this bad habit of talking so little, I guess that's part of the hero's charm." Cia started, walking slowly toward said hero which tensed him up even more. "I am no merciful being of course, I have come to strike a deal with you. But first, I shall give you the explanations you so much desire."
"As the Observer, my duty is to make sure that darkness and light are balanced constantly at any point in time, a duty forced on me by the goddesses." She said; hate dripping like venom when she pronounced the word goddesses.
Link didn't move but listened very carefully to each of her words. "Forced?" He asked.
She nodded. "I was originally a mortal like you, I came from a clan of magician and studied at the most prestigious magical school of my country. I was extremely talented to the point where my power grew too strong for the goddesses to ignore. The goddesses decided they wanted me on their side for the sake of "keeping the cycle" intact."
What cycle? Link wasn't sure of exactly what she was talking about but with the tone she had in her voice, he knew what came next wasn't good.
"The catch was that I had to end all of my relations with my current world. I refused. I had a nice life you see, I had a lover, I was happy." Cia lied. There was some truth in it but the man she was talking about hadn't been her lover. Her Link and herself had been very close friends in reality and might have ended up as a couple if it hadn't been for the goddesses intervention to set things "right".
"The man I loved was the Hero of my time, the one that supposedly had the triforce of courage as well. It didn't please the goddesses at all, insisting that his soul was destined for another and… They took everything away from me."
"They took him away from me, just like they did with your travel companion." The witch concluded; a sad tone in her voice.
Link's eyes widened after hearing that last sentence, his grip on the Master Sword tightening. The sword he had not been able to put back to its place after killing Ganondorf as he felt that it would mean that his adventures were over, that his days with the little imp were now the past and that he would be forced to truly realize that she was gone for good. He had hoped that if he kept the sword then one day, the Goddesses would come down and help him get to his friend just like they did help him fight off evil.
But now, this woman was telling her that the divine beings were the cause of Midna's final goodbye? That it wasn't her own decision?
"You're lying." Link accused, it was impossible. They couldn't do this to him or to his best friend! They had been through too much and even killed Ganondorf together, so why, just why would the goddesses take his happiness away?
"They erased my memories as well as my lover's, my family and anyone else that knew me. I simply went on as the Observer of Time, unaware of the brainwashing they had done to me but when I saw his face again… It was like a trigger that gave me my memories back."
This part was true. It had only been a few weeks ago but Cia had truly been forced by the goddesses. She had tried to fight back and even run away but she had been defeated every time. You couldn't hide from them, you couldn't beat them, you couldn't even try to reason them.
And Link couldn't believe her words, it was absurd, absurd that the divinities that he had fought so hard with to defeat evil would act like that.
"I know what you're thinking Link, I can read souls. It's one of the perks of being the Observer." She said, surprising the man. "The reason why the goddesses would go so far is because of the cycle. Every time the bearer of Power comes back, the bearer of Wisdom and Courage are reborn and have to fight together against him. That is the cycle, and for the cycle to work, anything that has even the slightest chance of disrupting it will be rid of, for the sake of Wisdom and Courage being reunited together every single time the cycle repeats."
"Don't tell me…" Link started, his mouth hanging open slightly. He had never considered the possibility before but now…
'They forced Midna to destroy the only way to the Twilight Realm because she could possibly make the future cycle fail?!'
Cia nodded. "That is correct, just like they did for my case. They separated me from the bearer of Courage from my time because I had enough power and influence to become a nuisance to the reincarnation process and so could have the Twilight Princess."
Link nearly let his weapon drop from his hand and slowly sat down on the ground, the shock too much for him to bear, as if he had been lied and used like a puppet all of his life. As if his friends had been too.
Everything that the witch had said made perfect sense. Midna's decision to leave, the fact that no matter how hard Zelda had tried for Link's sake, she couldn't find another way to the twilight realm and was also constantly interrupted when she tried to study it. Link thought that it was because she was a ruler and had much more important things to do than that, such as restoring Hyrule but he had found it a bit odd that she had been interrupted specifically when she tried to work on that matter.
But now everything made perfect sense. The Goddesses were behind all of this.
"This has to be some kind of sick and twisted joke!" Link practically roared, the beast inside of him having nearly taken over his mind, furious at the revelation and punched the ground under him, bruising his fist.
"I thought the same thing when I learned of it." Cia said, remembering her anger when she regained her memories. Anger that let darkness slip into her supposedly pure heart. "That is why I have come to you and not another bearer of Courage, because we share the same pain." Cia walked much closer to the man in pain and knelt down. She placed a hand around his bleeding fist and started casting healing magic. "I need your help to break this cycle, Hero of Light."
"…Tell me what I have to do." Link's blue eyes stared at the woman in front of him, his stare had never been colder than now, making Cia nearly shiver at the sight.
Keeping her composure, the witch continued. "Before everything, I need to tell you that we won't be alone on this. For the sake of keeping the balance right, we will have to work with beings of darkness."
The beast's fury calmed down slightly, letting the human part take up his mind once more and though he was just as angry, he still needed to understand what he was getting into. "Explain yourself."
Cia stood up after having fully healed his fist and sighed internally. This was about to become the most difficult part of getting this hero to join her but it was a needed step. If she didn't tell him now then she would lose his trust completely.
"To keep balance, there are three elements required: Light, Darkness and Chaos being the neutral party. Very often, Light is considered as the good one and Darkness as the bad one when in reality they cannot exist without each other. The goddesses' goal is to create a world of pure light, but do you know what this would mean?"
Link didn't move and listened very closely to her, unsure of what would happen in a world where only light exists.
"It means that the light would be so strong that it would burn everything that is not light like a purifying fire. The Demon Realm would be utterly and completely destroyed, any evil intent would be burnt with its owner and only pure hearted beings would be able to live. Do you know how many pure hearted beings there are in this world? I could count them on both of my hands if I wanted to. But more importantly for you…"
"…The Twilight Realm would be completely wiped out." Link completed, having finally understood how important the balance was and remembering the day where Midna had been forced to pure light and nearly died, hadn't it been for Zelda sacrificing herself to save her.
"Along with 99% of the Light Realm." Cia finished.
A part of what she said wasn't true. In reality, the goddesses would spare quite a few with darkness in their heart from the Light Realm and she wasn't even sure if it would even affect the Twilight Realm but what was a good lie without a bit of truth in it?
To Link, what was at stake was too big to be ignored. He couldn't refuse Cia's proposition anymore, not after what he just had heard and not after he knew he would be able to meet Midna again.
"Let us meet again here in three days, be ready by then. Also, do not talk about anything we discussed about without me nearby or the goddesses could hear you. I can make sure they don't hear us with my own spells but you cannot." Cia warned before a portal appeared behind her. And one appeared behind Link. "This portal will bring you back to your house, better than having you go through the entire desert again right?"
Link nodded and once Cia saw his approval, she turned around and walked into the portal, a devilish grin on her face, her mission had been a complete success.
The hero stood there. The last half hour had been full of emotions for him and he had been completely tired out, wanting to go home and back to his bed already.
First things first though, he had somebody he needed to visit, a friend that had helped him a lot after Midna was gone. He needed to talk with Zelda, or at least tell her that he was about to leave for another trip.
And with that, the Hero exited the Arbiter's grounds through the portal, readying himself mentally for the challenges that were to come.
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Re: Between Dusk and Dawn
Line 28: "Him and the other princesses" would imply that Link is a princess. And if you want to, not mentioning Cia's name until she proclaims her title may be a good idea.
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